Recruitment & Retention

Teacher Effectiveness Debate in L.A. Heats Up

By Stephen Sawchuk — May 04, 2009 1 min read

Questions about teacher tenure and the removal of ineffective teachers in Los Angeles are heating up, following this weekend’s Los Angeles Times story.

The story found that removing ineffective teachers in California is lengthy and extraordinarily costly (upwards of six figures in some cases), and that much of the time, a panel reversed decisions to let go of teachers anyway. Most teachers were fired only for egregious conduct, the story found.

Now, school board officials are renewing efforts to get state legislators to review the laws that govern teacher removal. They face some opposition from Sacramento, where lawmakers say such proposals are politically motivated.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.